The Nigerian Agrofood and plastprintpack industry are currently working towards another event that marks the highlight of the year. The event would mark the 8th edition of Agrofood and plastprintpack Nigeria and would take place from March 28 to 30 2023. Held under the organization of the German trade show specialists fair trade, the event would occur at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Victoria Island. During the course of the event, global technology leaders across 11 countries are permitted to display adapted technologies and solutions for markets in Nigeria and West Africa.
These technologies and solutions cut across sectors of agriculture, ingredients, printing and packaging, food and beverage processing and plastics. The 11 countries with the exhibitors include Belgium, France, Italy, Nigeria, Turkey, Spain, China, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and Tunisia. German Pavilion remains a traditional highlight at Agrofood and plastprintpack Nigeria; this year, the event would welcome 21 German exhibitors. The German Pavilion is usually presented by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs in collaboration with the German Trade Fair Association AUMA and the German Engineering Federation VDMA.
Nigeria, Africa’s 2nd largest investor in plastics technology.
In 2021, Nigeria, for the first time in history, became the largest investor in food and packaging technology across Africa with €346 million, leaving Egypt (€341 million) and South Africa (€293 million) behind. In recent years, food production in Nigeria has drastically improved by 36.6 percent, rising from €26 billion in 2016 to €36.3 billion in 2020. It is likewise projected to improve by 48 percent (€42.3 billion to €62.6 billion) between 2021 and 2024.
Nigeria as a whole is also considered the second largest investor in plastics technology in Africa with €165 million in 2021 after Egypt (€202 million) and before South Africa (€144 million). Between 2016 and 2021, plastics technology imports in Nigeria rose by an average of 25 percent yearly. Also in 2021, Nigeria came second for imports of printing and paper technology in sub-Saharan Africa well ahead of many sub-Saharan countries but just after South Africa. Nigeria has secured a position as one of the three largest investors in packaging technology in Africa.
A 3-day Packaging Masterclass would be organized with the exhibition.
Increasing population growth of Nigerians from 206 million in 2022 to a likely 411 million in 2050 requires investments with high sustainability in Nigeria’s Agrofood and Plastprintpack industry. The March 2023 exhibition would host a top-level 3-day conference. Major topics at the conference would cover supply chain evaluation, beverage production and ingredients, finance and many related others. High quality educational and entertaining sessions would be delivered by C-level speakers as representatives of market-leading companies such as First City Monument Bank, Sterling Bank, Psaltry International, JR Africa, Conversations Africa, Diageo, Access Bank, Buhler Group, Simply Green, Niji Group, Farm Republic amongst others.
Also alongside the exhibition, a 3-day Packaging Masterclass will be held, organized by the African Packaging Organization (APO), one of the members of the World Packaging Organization (WPO). The masterclass is targeted at teaching companies how to capitalize on food processing and package for retail trade by obtaining an Executive Certificate Course in Packaging Materials and Food Packaging Technology. Ahmed Alex Omah, President of APO, expressed the delight of the organization to partner with fair trade to enlighten participants in packaging materials and food packaging technology.
Fairtrade and OTACCWA will organize the 5th WACCSE in 2023.
The President added that the three-day program will host experts leading discussions that concern sustainable packaging innovations, access to finance, the need for standardized production and others. Following the good cooperation for the 2021 and 2022 events, fair trade and the Organization for Technology Advancement of Cold Chain in West Africa (OTACCWA) will collaborate to organize the 5th edition of the only cold chain event held in West Africa, West Africa Cold Chain Summit and Exhibition (WACCSE) by OTACCWA with Agrofood and Plastprintpack Nigeria 2023.